The holidays are often a time when I feel the most stress. Between trying to balance the work-at-home life versus family life, plus trying to find time to get all the presents purchased and wrapped while also trying to fit in time for more travel to visit friends and family… It takes it’s toll on me!
My family starts celebrating Christmas the last weekend of November every year, and we don’t stop until the end of December. You may call has Christmas fanatics, but were far from it. Our parents are all separated, so in order to make it work and avoid holiday burnout we break up the holiday get together’s over the weeks leading up Christmas day. We don’t travel anywhere on Christmas Day though. That is our day to enjoy being at home with the kids.
What I most look forward to is the days after Christmas. You know the days when you still get to chill out at home, but the craziness is over. A time when the kids are so enthralled with their new toys that it buys you a few minutes to read some of your favourite new book while sipping a cup of coffee with Irish Cream. Yea – those are the moments I most look forward too. What could be better?!?
If you are like me or know someone like me, who loves to enjoy a good book, then you will want to check out my list of the hottest books to gift this holiday season.
In a Dark, Dark Wood
In a Dark, Dark Wood is a book that I am currently in the midst of reading. It is written by Ruth Ware, and I am absolutely loving it. I have the book kept in my car to read while waiting to pick the kids up from school. In fact I may be known to leave earlier for school pick-up now to buy myself a little extra ‘me’ time while the littlest ones nap in the car.
When Leonora gets invited to a bachelorette party for her former best friend, she agrees to a weekend deep in the woods. But as the first night falls, a haunting realization creeps in—they are not alone. Two days later, Leonora wakes up in the hospital with limited memory of the past 48 hours. One thing is clear, though: someone has died, and Leonora might be responsible. In a Dark, Dark Wood has been optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon!
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy
Dork Diaries in a #1 New York Times Bestselling Series by Rachel Renee Russell. In the latest book in the series, Nikki and her friends Brandon, Chloe, and Zoey are up for another adventure.
My 7 year old daughter quite enjoys reading Dork Diaries, as they are essentially a graphic novel. It is a great introduction to chapter books for her, plus she is kept interested by not only the storytelling, but also the graphics. The Lexile Measure for Dork Diaries is 890L.
The Science of Why
The Science of Why is the latest from Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Canada’s favourite Science Guy. It combines wit and accessible science smarts to answer common queries about the science of everyday life. What is Deja vu? Does subliminal advertising work? Why were the Tyrannosaurus rex’s arms so short? Why do onions make me cry? Jay Ingram puts these and many other long-lived scientific uncertainties to rest in this whimsically illustrated guide. It addresses the supernatural, the human body, the animal kingdom, the natural world, and more, making it the perfect read for trivia enthusiasts of all ages. It includes science history lessons, fun facts, and myth busters, all with the end goal of delighting and surprising your inner science geek.
This book is one that is for the whole family. I have been reading this book with my 5 and 7 year old, and it really is a great conversation starter. Not only that it’s educational. Plus, it helps me put answers to some of those Why? questions that I couldn’t answer completely before.
Canada Living: The Special Occasions Cookbook
This is a cookbook that all the foodies must-have. No seriously they must!
The Special Occasions Cookbook is the latest cookbook from Canadian Living. It’s a compilation of over 250 recipes that helps to create 35 different menus. It not only covers traditional holidays, but every possible gathering you could have in between: baby showers, backyard barbecues, etc. With step-by-step instructions and tips to help make your cooking experience easier (including ways to make your meals ahead of time!), The Special Occasions Cookbook is an essential guide for the busy family.
With recipes for things like Chicken with Morel Sauce, Butter Tart Ice Cream, Carrot Cake Trifle, Honey Roasted Pepper Nuts and so much more. You really can’t go wrong with this cookbook! It has something for everyone for every occasion.
I’ve told you all about my choices for the hottest books this holiday season. Now here is your chance to win them! Enter to win a Simon & Schuster Books for the Family Prize Pack. This prize pack includes: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, Canadian Living; The Special Occasions Cookbook, The Science of Why by Jay Ingram, and Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-Friendly Frenemy by Rachel Renee Russell.
* This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec). This giveaway ends on January 8, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.
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